What looks to be an exciting matchup as we head to the MAC which is known for its fast pace and action filled games where defense typically is not present. Ball State (12-14, 7-8) head to Kent, Ohio to take on Kent State (17-9, 12-4) in what should be a hidden gem.
February 22, 2022. 4:12pm
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Kent State is looking to close out their season atop the MAC conference as they are only one game behind Toledo and Ohio. Kent State has been well known in the conference thus far for their stifling defense that they have developed as they rank 46th in the nation defensively while also complimenting that with an offensive rating ranking of 135th in the nation. Ball State on the other hand does not play defense at all as they rank 310th in the nation in that category, but where they do excel is also on the offensive side as they rank 162nd in the nation in their offensive rating. The Cardinals absolutely LOVE the up tempo offense as they rank 34th in the nation in pace. With their awful defense, they know the only way they can win games is by pushing the ball and getting looks from behind the arc. From the 3 point line, they rank 77th in the nation in attempts all while converting 36.2% which is good for 63rd in the nation. Look for Ball State to get up and down quick and fire away from 3 as that will be their only chance against this tough Kent State defense. Kent State, as seen from previous games, has no problem pushing the pace with teams that like to run fast like what they did with Bowling Green and Eastern Michigan recently. Both of those games at home just like we have here today for them. In order for Ball State to stay in this game down to the end, they will have to hit from the 3 as well as foul late if behind, and with Kent State ranking 52nd in the nation in free throw percentage, we shouldn't have a problem here with this game going over the posted total.
Currently the odds sit at Kent St -8.5 (-110) O/U 142.5. Not much line movement, but a small move as money has come in on Ball St. This is one of those games that you can correlate the spread with the total. If Ball State is expected to keep this thing competitive, they will have to do so with a big offensive showing which we expect here tonight.
Ball St/Kent St O142.5 (-108) - 1 unit
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